Police Commissioners start work

Wales' four elected Police Commissioners will officially begin their new roles today. The job involves deciding police budgets, appointing chief constables and setting up a crime plan for their area.

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14.3% turnout in Gwent PCC vote

The turnout for the Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner Election has been confirmed by Newport City Council, which is handling the force-wide count, at 14.3%.

Ballot papers were validated for the Gwent election last night. Counting begins at 10am in Newport. Verification of ballots began in the Dyfed Powys, North Wales and South Wales elections at 9am.

Home Secretary should resign over low turnout - UKIP MEP

The UKIP MEP for Wales has called for Home Secretary to resign over the predicted low turnout for the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections. John Bufton has written to Theresa May accusing her of ignoring advice from the Electoral Commission which could have increased turnout and voter engagement.

It is quite clear to me that on the grounds that the Home Office wilfully ignored repeated advice from the Electoral Commission who are established to ensure democratic and fair voting in the UK that Theresa May could stand accused of gerrymandering.

– John Bufton MEP, UKIP

Here's an extract from his letter:

With reference to the dismally low turn out for the elections for Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales, I have grave concerns about the legitimacy of the results and the democratic validity of your post and call upon you to resign your portfolio with immediate effect.

I believe you and your department at best may be charged with utterly and hopelessly failing the general public over these elections, and at worst may stand accused of gerrymandering.

I fear the Home Office anticipated, if not engineered, the appallingly low turn out and wilfully permitted the elections to continue in full knowledge that the majority of the general public were not engaged with.

These elections represented a departure from normal voting procedures, with the Home Office for the first time assuming responsibility over the management of the elections and raising public awareness.

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